Chattanooga Receives Condé Nast Traveler's 2019 Readers' Choice Award

Monday, October 7, 2019

Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Chattanooga recognized as “#8 in Top 10 Small Cities in the United States.”

More than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted a record-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how they travel today. This year, the top U.S. cities list was divided into two categories - small cities with populations under 1 million and the best big cities with more than 1 million in population. Chattanooga and five other Eastern U.S. cities made the best small cities list.

“In receiving a Readers’ Choice Award, we know thousands of travelers from across the world chose Chattanooga as a top destination, and we know countless more will see and be inspired by this ranking,” said Barry White, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our visitors are introduced to a uniquely Chattanooga experience that includes our distinct culture, and we hope they will take memories back to share with their friends and family who will want to visit and try out our lifestyle.”

The Conde Nast Traveler announcement highlighted Chattanooga’s outdoors and directed readers to explore Lookout Mountain and the views of seven states at Rock City; to visit Coolidge Park, ride the carousel and kayak the Tennessee River; and to stay at The Dwell Hotel, which was previously reviewed by the publication. Valerie Marino summed up why visitors should seek outdoor experiences in Chattanooga:

“When you’re visiting a place with the nickname, 'Scenic City,' it would be a shame to spend too much of your time indoors. Towering 2,000 feet over downtown Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain is the star of the show, with hiking paths that claim to offer views of seven states at once. Closer to sea level, you can explore Coolidge Park, a seven-acre expanse along the northern shore of the Tennessee River, where you'll find a charming antique carousel, abundant green space, and a kayaking outpost. Of course, you'll have to head inside at some point—and when you do, check in to The Dwell Hotel, where each of the 16 guest rooms has a distinct, modern vibe and punchy decor elements.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The full list of winners can be found here.

The 2019 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.


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